By Eric Charles, MA., PhD-c
I wanted to share with you a system that I use in my private practice. My mentor and supervisor Dr. Judy Rosenberg (PSY #PSY14817) developed this psycho-educational model for psychotherapy. The Mind Map™ is a very easy-to-use and powerful tool for illustrating how the wounds of childhood were delivered, embedded and manifested into present day. It illuminates for us exactly what to do about it.
The “Be the Cause” MIND MAP™ for Healing Human Disconnect identifies the original wound of the parent/child disconnect. At the heart of the Be the Cause System is the Mind Map™, which is designed to take you from the problem, through the process and to the solution. There are 9 Panels, organized into 3 rows from left to right and from top to bottom. Think of these panels as stages that you will travel through on your road to recovery.
The top row deals with Creation (the past), the middle row Destruction (the now), and the bottom row Reintegration and Unity (the future). Problems can be created, dismantled and reintegrated. Think of this process as a way to decode your past and recode your future. By setting your intentions into effect, you can become the creator of the solutions to your problems.
The Mind Map™ System is a linear and easy approach to psychotherapy. As someone who utilizes this approach in psychotherapy, I find it effective in healing symptoms that stem from childhood wounds. The Mind Map is especially effective in healing symptoms of narcissistic abuse, neglect and trauma.
In the Mind Map™ System you are asked the following questions:
Panel 1: Wound
What was the initial wound that caused a disconnect with a parent?
Panel 2: Reaction
What was the reaction to that initial wound?
Panel 3: Encoding
What negative childhood beliefs did you learn from the initial wound? This is where negative core beliefs are discovered and explored.
Panel 4: Chaos
What chaos or suffering are you experiencing in your life at the present time?
Panel 5: Defense
What defense mechanisms do you presently use to cope with the chaos and suffering in your life?
Panel 6: Breakdown/Breakthrough
In what ways are your defense mechanisms breaking down and no longer effective?
Panel 7: Paradigm shift
In what way is your life shifting from an unhealthy paradigm shift to a new healthier paradigm?
Panel 8: Healing
In what way is your life beginning to heal?
Panel 9: Unity
In what areas of your life are you experiencing unity, integration and harmony?
Please note, this is not intended to be used without the guidance of a Mind Map™ Professional. This is simply an overview of the system.
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